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Poster: MaskedMala Date: Sep 14, 2011 2:18pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Poor quality

I'd like to know why the video quality of a lot of Classic TV uploads from the past months is so bad. Many titles come to mind like Racket Squad, Lock Up, Decoy, Public Defender (they are favorites of mine). It seems there's always a black trail in the picture where there's movement. Is it the way it's been uploaded to your site?

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Poster: Jungle Jane Date: Sep 15, 2011 7:52am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Poor quality

" It seems there's always a black trail in the picture where there's movement."

This may be caused by your media player not having the same codecs as the program used to encode the show or different settings.

I would suggest trying a different media player ( like vlc or mplayer ) and see if that clears it up.

I personally have four different media players that I use as I have found some of them work better than others on certain types of files.

I have never found any one player that plays everything 100%.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Sep 14, 2011 11:31pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Poor quality

You should also have in mind that that:

A) most people that upload stuff here are just regular folks.

B) these people likely had to BUY the material that you get to see here for free, and that stuff like wasn't so great quality-wise to begin with.

C) the material was converted to whatever format was available by programs they had on their home pcs from dvd. Some of this stuff may have been only available on vhs so they may have had to make their own dvds from that. Any long-time movie collector would understand that there was a lot of store-bought vhs product sold in stores that was recorded in the EP mode, so the quality wasn't really that good to start with.

So, as you browse through the movies and shows here at the Archive, remember this stuff came from what folks like you or me had lying around in their homes. Maybe the picture quality on some of it ain't so great, but it might just be the best there is available anywhere.

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Poster: VISUAL CULTURE PRESS Date: Nov 9, 2012 5:52am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Poor quality

Hi there, i just uploaded a movie and try to change the start picture because it's such a bad quality from the thumbs. but I coundn't find a possibility to change it. The Movie Quality is ok. Any Help is welcome.

All the best

jan

http://archive.org/details/UmbruchInDerDdr-Interviewausschnitte

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Poster: klewsew Date: Sep 14, 2011 7:04pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Poor quality

You must be very young! These programs are in black and white. That alone should tell you the state of the art back then. You cannot equate the technology then with now. Many were recorded as kinescopes which were actually film recordings. Add years of decay due to no one caring if they
were ever seen again. There are numerous other deteriorative effects before they get to your screen. Especially if you have a BIG screen.
Too many people come to this site expecting TV and movies to look like present day HD. You are watching the history of TV and movies. Think about the fact that you can download from this site, media going back to the actual beginning of movies and TV!
Of course if you want to spend a gazillion dollars restoring media on this site, we all say, GO FOR IT!

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Poster: jeffzkrazie Date: Sep 15, 2011 2:53pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Poor quality

Sedona, it has nothing to do with the age. It's simply that some people perfer higher quality and are extremely picky when it comes to the quality of the picture. I'm 23 years old and quality of a picture is absolutely meaningless to me.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffThe_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Sep 14, 2011 7:49pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Poor quality

....but quite a few of these shows mentioned by the OP are from badly worn-out tapes and then badly encoded...of shows that weren't done on tape to begin with.

Mind you, over the years I've done plenty of shoddy sub-par uploads myself (including many in the much-feared 512kb MPEG4), so I guess I shouldn't complain about other peoples shoddy uploads....

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